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Wisdom need not always be verbose. In fact, some of the wisest, most memorable quotes by famous people are pretty darn short, yet they pack a lot of meaning in their punch. Keeping it short works well probably because of K.I.S.S.: "Keep it simple, stupid."
George Bernard Shaw: "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
Eleanor Roosevelt: "You must do the things you think you cannot do."
Frank Lloyd Wright: "The truth is more important than the facts."
Mother Teresa: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
Lucille Ball: "Love yourself first, and everything else falls into place."
Stephen Colbert: "Dreams can change. If we'd all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses."
Oprah Winfrey: "Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness."
Stephen Hawking: "Be curious."
Mother Teresa: "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
William Shakespeare: "Love all, trust a few."
Michelle Obama: "Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives."
Wayne Gretzky: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
Gabrielle Giffords: "Be bold, be courageous, be your best."
Madeleine Albright: "Real leadership… comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing."
Babe Ruth: "Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back."
Seneca: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
Anna Quindlen: "Don't ever confuse the two: your life and your work. The second is only part of the first."
Thomas Jefferson: "He who knows best knows how little he knows."
Dolly Parton: "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
Francis David: "We need not think alike to love alike."
John Quincy Adams: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."
Maya Angelou: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Malcolm X: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
Hillary Clinton: "Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from moving forward."
Thomas A. Edison: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Katie Couric: "You can't please everyone, and you can't make everyone like you."
Jon Bon Jovi: "Miracles happen every day. Change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you."
Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do one thing every day that scares you."
Tina Fey: "There are no mistakes, only opportunities."
Francis Bacon: "A prudent question is one half of wisdom."
Sheryl Sandberg: "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."
Eleanor Roosevelt: "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Florence Nightingale: "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."
Edwin Land: "Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."
Maya Angelou: "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: "When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be."
Rosa Parks: "When one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."
Henry Ford: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
Gloria Steinem: "Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
Christopher Reeve: "Once you choose hope, anything's possible."
Kate Winslet: "Life is short, and it is here to be lived."
Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Alice Walker: "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: "Great acts are made up of small deeds."
Amelia Earhart: "The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity."
Ellen DeGeneres: "Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others."
Walt Disney: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."